Acclaimed local film Mayfair is now on Showmax

Sara Blecher subtly shows off the unique aesthetic of the suburb of Mayfair in Joburg
Sara Blecher subtly shows off the unique aesthetic of the suburb of Mayfair in Joburg

Mayfair
Available on Showmax
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Gritty crime feature Mayfair, directed by South African critics’ favourite film maker, Sara Blecher, is now on Showmax.

It’s a film that had me swelling with pride for those who are working tirelessly in the local industry.

This is a story of family and the lengths people will go to to ensure that theirs is safe.

Imagine if yours was a “family”, as in a well-organised criminal unit with a street empire, which was under constant threat. The rivals are looking to acquire the foundation of the family’s wealth.

Mayfair’s lead character, Zaid (Ronak Patani), wants to distance himself, as much as he can, from the life of his father and cousins. He moves overseas. But when it becomes apparent that the family is about to be bought out of its empire and Zaid’s younger sister, Faiza (Ameera Patel), and his first love Ameena (Kelly-Eve Koopman) are kidnapped, Zaid has no choice but to return home. It’s his job to take down the threat to their family – a Somali man – played by Warren Masemola.

As the story begins to build, Blecher subtly shows off the unique aesthetic of the suburb of Mayfair in Joburg.

I enjoyed how the film depicts Zaid’s fear of plummeting to the depths of his father and the moment he eventually does.

The cast is well balanced and everyone seems to approach their camera time in ways we haven’t seen before.

We haven’t also seen Wayne van Rooyen play a role this dark before, or Jack Devnarain, who plays a small role but knocks it out of the park.

Everything from the efficient use of drone footage to the sombre mood of this piece makes it one of the better local films to drop, and I’m excited for you to see it. 

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